Hot Mud: The Work and Thoughts of Daniel Johnston| 1hr
Director: Jay Yager | Producer: Jay Yager
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: United States
Daniel Johnston was raised on a farm in Randolph County, North Carolina. When he was in his early teens his family moved to Seagrove, N.C., the center of a three century old pottery tradition. After leaving high school at 16 he worked for local potteries and later began a four year apprenticeship with Mark Hewitt. His desire to make large pots and understand the roots of Hewittâ€™s style led him to Phon Bok, Thailand where he worked intensively with traditional Thai potters absorbing their unique method of making large storage jars. Upon his return to the United States he built his own shop and kilns where he now produces his highly distinctive works using local stoneware clays and natural glaze materials including the clay from the ground outside his studio and the ashes from the wood stove that warms him as he works.